Monday, July 16, 2012
Beginning this month, I am partnering with the State Chamber, the Oklahoma Department of Commerce and the Oklahoma Manufacturing Alliance, in hosting a series of Small Business & Small Manufacturer Regional Summits into the fall. The topics of these summits will be focused on issues housed within the Lt. Governor’s Policy and Issues Report and recent findings from the FallinForBusiness survey of Oklahoma executives. The purpose of these summits is to help generate a 2013 Small Business & Small Manufacturer Legislative Agenda that will be used by small business and manufacturer leaders across the state to lobby the state Legislature next session.
We have the knowledge, experience and backbone to be relevant and competitive in economic development, but it’s obvious there are still some obstacles. These summits are a next step to my earlier visits across the state and will give me an opportunity to hear directly from our state’s small business and manufacturing leaders on what we are doing right and areas where we need improvement. As Oklahoma’s Small Business Advocate, I’m excited to partner with the State Chamber, the Oklahoma Department of Commerce and the Oklahoma Manufacturing Alliance and go to the source to find solutions.
The summits will kick off in Enid, then on to Tulsa, Durant, Lawton, Bartlesville, and the Oklahoma City area.
• Enid: Wednesday, July 25 – Oakwood Country Club
• Tulsa: Wednesday, August 1 – Doubletree Warren Place
• Durant: Wednesday, September 5 – REI Headquarters
• Lawton: Thursday, October 18 – Fairfield Inn
• Bartlesville: Thursday, October 25 – Tri County Technology Center
• Oklahoma City: Tuesday, October 30 – Jim Thorpe Event Center
Programming will include structured participant discussions aimed at identifying the top five key issues affecting small businesses in each region of the state. They will also focus on solution-orientated discussions for issues including: workers’ compensation reform, intangible tax credit, workforce development, federal health care, or regional items targeting aerospace and defense.
Joining me in speaking during the summits will be State Chamber President Fred Morgan and State Chamber COO Chad Warmington, as well as members of the local community.
As always, my office is open and ready to assist you in any way we can. I am excited to hear your ideas on how we can increase economic development across the state. Feel free to visit our website at www.ok.gov/ltgovernor, find us on Facebook and Twitter or call our office at 405.521.2161.